From delicate cherry blossoms in spring to fiery leaves in autumn—Japan’s distinct seasons are really something to behold. Making the most of them with some seasonal activities is a great way to get to know the city and see it at its best. What’s even better is that oftentimes reveling in mother nature’s beauty costs not a yen!
Not sure when to visit? We’ve got a guide on the highlights and lowlights of Japan through the seasons to help you decide!
Springtime visitors would be foolish not to drop by one these spots for stunningly beautiful cherry blossom viewing. Or these evening displays to see the sakura illuminations at night—known as yozakura. If you’re craving the countryside then these spring daytrips are a must, not to mention the best sweets and treats of the season just waiting to be tried.
Lighting up Tokyo’s summer nights are the famous firefly festivals and hanabi (fireworks—literally “fire flower”) festivals. With the city racing suffocating temperatures, consider an escape to some of the best camping spots or city’s islands and other cooling daytrips for a breath of fresh air.
Nature revelers should stroll through these fall-time hot spots to enjoy koyo, or “autumn leaves viewing”. We’e got thefull guide on what to see in the city as well as what to eat, plus a handy collection of Autumnal daytrips to make the most of your stay.
Not to be outdone, winter comes through with wonderous illuminations, ice skating and nearby skiing and snowboarding options. Fuel your explorations with these winter warmers and consider a hot-spring getaway (or pick from the best ones in the capital!)
Looking for some more seasonal activities? Check out our ever-increasing events pages for all the latest festivals and goings on in the city.